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The Scott County Community Memory Project was funded by IMLS grant #LG-27-19-0224-19 to collect and preserve the history of rural Scott County, Iowa. Individuals and organizations agreed to give the Scott County Library System a digital copy of these items to provide public access to important local history.



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Download the PDF to the right to experience the full map of the schoolhouses. Posters created by Ruby Ferris for the Brownlie Sod House Questers #1229 detailing the one room schoolhouses of Scott County in 1910. The posters were printed by Commercial Printers in Eldridge, Iowa and presented to the Long Grove Civic Center and the City of Maysville in 2013. The poster also includes information about the Davenport School system circa 1904 and a biography of the school system's founder, Phoebe...
Topics: Ferris, Ruby, Schools, North Scott Community School District
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James Varcho worked on M42 40 mm Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Guns, also called "Dusters" during the Vietnam War. He worked as a track mechanic for the 5/2 Air Defense Artillery Battalion. They had 64 Dusters in the III Corps that were used for convoy and fire support base protection. This picture shows a duster that got caught up on an ant hill. It required four dusters and a recovery vehicle to free it.
Topics: Varcho, James, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Antiaircraft guns, Artillery (Weaponry)
A school certificate awarded to Valentine Eckermann for perfect attendance for the school year. The school was located in Lincoln Township, of Scott County. The name of the school appears to be "Crombie". Valentine is the father of Myrtle Eckermann Keppy.
Topics: Eckermann, Valentine, Keppy, Myrtle Eckermann, Schools, Awards
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A plat map of Scott County, Iowa that shows the sections in the fifteen townships, along with roads, railroads, farm houses, schools, churches, mills, blacksmith shops, cemeteries, timber, swamp, creeks, and bluffs. It includes a picture of the Davenport Water Works and the Cutter & Co. Dry Goods Store.
Topics: Maps, Plats
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James Varcho attending a "Bob Hope Show" at Long Binh Post during the Vietnam War. James worked as a track mechanic for the 5/2 Air Defense Artillery Battalion during the Vietnam War.
Topics: Varcho, James, Hope, Bob, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Entertainment
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James Varcho attending a Christmas church service at Long Binh Post near Saigon during the Vietnam War. James worked as a track mechanic for the 5/2 Air Defense Artillery Battalion during the Vietnam War.
Topics: Varcho, James, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Religious services
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Picture of members of the Wiese and Schneckloth families attending a reunion.  It was the 75th family reunion and was held in Dewitt, Iowa.  Mildred Wiese married Valentine Eckermann in 1923 and their daughter, Myrtle, was born in 1924. She married Roy Keppy in 1946.
Topics: Keppy, Myrtle Eckermann, Eckermann, Mildred Wiese, Eckermann, Valentine, Reunions
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by Behrens, Marian and Blake, Deloris
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Scrapbook #3 documents the activities of the Brownlie Sod House, Questers, Chapter 1229, during the years 1999-2005. The book begins with a picture of the new sign for the Alexander Brownlie Sod House that was dedicated to Marlene Lage, organizer and charter member of Chapter 1229, who passed away in 1997. There are pictures of the local monthly meetings held throughout that time frame, along with newspaper clippings that report on each meeting. There is information about the election of...
Topics: Organizations, Antiques, Brownlie, Alexander, Lage, Marlene, Schreck, Sue, Carlin, Jean, Nagel,...
A photo of the men who were part of the Packing Department of the Dewey-Portland Cement Company along with their names. The Dewey-Portland Cement plant was built along Highway 22 near Buffalo, IA and opened in 1927.  According to the book Buffalo, Then and Now, it brought the modern age to Buffalo in the form of mass production. By 1951 the majority of the working population of Buffalo was employed at Dewey-Portland. In 1957 the land it is on was annexed by the town. In 1962, Dewey-Portland...
Topics: Cribbs, Booker, Coleman, Awbrey, Guy, Henry, Wrage, Elmer, Pettie,, Cribbs, Jethro, Dimick, Harry,...
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These are pictures of the Clark home in Buffalo at different time periods. The first one shows the home the W. L. Clark family, posing in front of it. It states on the picture that the address was 902 W. Front St. and  that the home was built around the original log cabin.  In an article  about Benjamin W. Clark, the father of W. L. Clark, found at http://iagenweb.org/scott/twp/buffalo2.htm, it states "He built, in 1835, a comfortable log house, a story and a half high, glazed with...
Topics: Log cabins, Houses, Clark, Benjamin Warren, Clark, Warner Lewis, Clark, Harriet Baker
The certificate from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation certifying that Farmers Savings Bank in Princeton, IA is insured with maximum insurance of $15,000 for each depositor.
Topics: Banks, Insurance certificates
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The 2001-02 yearbook documents the activities of the Brownlie Sod House, Questers, Chapter 1229. Included is information about the Brownlie Sod House in Long Grove, the current officers, committees, past presidents, Southeast Iowa Area Day, and the International Convention. It also describes each monthly meeting held during the year, past programs, members wish list, policies, state calendar and quotes to live by. According to the Questers International website, the organization's purpose is...
Topics: Organizations, Antiques, Sod buildings, Brownlie Alexander W., Lage Marlene, Schreck Sue, Carlin...
This is a list of teachers that taught at Allen’s Grove #2 one room schoolhouse from 1863-1957, with some information about how much they earned. Also included are class lists of the students that attended from 1875-1957.  Allen’s Grove #2 was located in Allen’s Grove Township between Donahue and Dixon, Iowa. It was part of the Allen’s Grove Independent School District until the end of the 1956-57 school year, when it joined thirteen other small Scott County districts to form the North...
Topics: Thee, Mary, One-room schools, Teachers
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A program and progress report for the Eldridge Cooperative Company on their Golden Anniversary. The cooperative was started in 1909. Farmers brought their own grains to have processed into feeds. In 1995, three cooperatives from Eldridge, Stockton, and Walcott merged into the River Valley Cooperative which is still member-owned in 2020.
Topics: Agriculture, Business & Finance, Anniversaries, Baetke, Ray, Kreiter, Willard, Mohr, Alvin,...
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by Welch, Lynn
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A full transcript can be downloaded as a PDF on the right-hand side of this page. Dana Jo Smith was born in Iowa City, IA on September 18, 1941. Her parents were William Edward Roberts and Cynthia Jo (Hougland) Roberts. Her father worked at the University Laundromat in Iowa City. She had two brothers. Her mother took her younger brother and left when she was seven. She says she “sorta raised herself” but her dad always made sure she had food. Dana Jo would ride her pony bareback for two...
Topics: Smith, Dana Jo, Hewitt, Trish, Villa de Chantal, 4-H clubs, Horses, Ponies, Horse farms, Horse...
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by Suiter, Glen H.
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A photograph of the Lone Star steamwheeler pushing a barge. According to the display at the Blackhawk Bank & Trust in Princeton, IA, the Lone Star was originally built in 1890 in Kahike Boatyard in Rock Island, IL. She was used for inland towing and probably for occasional excursions. In 1922 her machinery and other equipment was used to build a new boat of the same name.   This photograph is included in a poster display rack located at the Blackhawk Bank & Trust, Princeton, IA. The...
Topics: Boats, Steamboats, Stern wheelers, Rivers
Religious certificates for Selma Stadtmueller Boll for confirmation and possibly baptism. Selma grew up in Monticello, IA and in 1920 she earned her "Normal Training Certificate" that qualified her to teach in Iowa. In 1924 she was hired as a teacher at the Independent District No. 1 of Princeton, IA. That is where she met H.W. (Heinie) Boll who ran Boll's Grocery Store. They were married in 1924 and were the parents of a daughter named Leone Boll Kosman and a son Merlin Boll.
Topics: Certificates, Baptisms, Confirmations, Teachers, Boll, Henry W. (Heinie), Boll, Selma Stadtmueller,...
The program for the Scott County Spring Market Hog Show held at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
Topics: Agriculture, Swine, Scott County Pork Producers, Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
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Side view of the general mecantile store located in Maysville. According to the sesquicentennial booklet, 150 Years, Maysville, 1856-2006, the store was built in 1902 by Henry Klindt Jr.  He sold it to Henry Schultz who lived upstairs above the store. This side view shows the screened in porch and the one car garage below it. The store also served as the post office. In 1913, Grover and Nettie Meyer purchased the store and lived upstairs. Otto Andresen formed a partnership with the Meyers....
Topics: General stores, Ferris, Ruby, Klindt, Henry Jr.
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John Sothmann stands with a group of soldiers in front of some railroad tracks. Sothmann is on the far right. He was born  in Davenport in 1894 to Jurgen and Mathilda Sierks Sothmann. He served in WWI and married Edna Kuehl in 1920. He worked for the Rock Island Arsenal and died in 1978.
Topics: World War, 1914-1918, Sothmann, John, Soldiers
A letter from Roger Katz, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in Iowa, congratulating Roy Keppy on his family farm and his efforts for the farming community.
Topics: Keppy, Roy, Correspondence, Katz, Roger, Agriculture
Women gather around a table at the 1958 lard baking contest sponsored by the Scott County Pork Producers. Arlene Clark, Marilyn Litscher, and Janice Golinghorst are facing the camera. Many of the women participating had husbands active in the Scott County Pork Producers. This may have been the 2nd annual event of its type in Scott County. The lard contests were set up to demonstrate the value of lard as shortening. Each participant was given 1 lb of lard and required to submit a baked good...
Topics: Agriculture, Scott County Pork Producers, Baking, Clark, Arlene, Litscher, Marilyn, Golinghorst,...
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by Brockhouse, Joyce Graaf
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Joyce (Graaff) Brockhouse's 4-H scrapbook that documents the story of her experiences as part of the Princeton Livewires 4-H club. It includes Record Books for food preservation and nutrition, home furnishing, and clothing. There are booklets of the club's yearly membership and activities. There are newspaper clippings and photos of awards and special events. Joyce and Dorla Jean (Dannatt) Schroder won the state championship in 1949 at the Waterloo Dairy Congress for their demonstration,...
Topics: 4-H clubs, Scrapbooks, Home economics, Schroder, Dorla
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This picture shows the inside of the Thompson Button Factory where a  group of workers are standing alongside a workbench full of tools and equipment. There were several button factories located in Buffalo throughout its history.  According to the Iowa PBS website, https://www.iowapbs.org/iowapathways/mypath/pearl-button-story,   John Boepple came from Germany with the idea to make buttons from freshwater mussels found in the Mississippi River and opened a button factory in Muscatine.  His...
Topics: Buttons (Fasteners), Factories, Shells (Anatomy)
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Photo of group of men standing at a bar with a drink in hand as if they are making a toast. The man at the front is wearing a star pin on his vest. A pot is on the floor by their feet which was possibly used as a spittoon. NOTE: The physical item can be found at the Buffalo Historical Museum at 409 3rd St. in Buffalo, IA.
Topics: Bars, Spittoons, Law enforcement officers
A photograph of the celebration held at the Buffalo Community Hall to honor Reverend William Lawrence Adrian before he left the Davenport diocese to become bishop of the Nashville, TN diocese. He had been part of the faculty of St. Ambrose from 1911 to 1936, holding various job titles throughout that time, including Athletic Director.  In addition to his work at St. Ambrose, he served as pastor at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Buffalo, IA and at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Victor, IA....
Topics: Catholic churches, Bishops, Receptions, Adrian, William Lawrence, Kerrigan, Leo, Prignitz, John,...
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Several M42 40 mm Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Guns, also called "Dusters", parked at their battalion. James Varcho worked as a track mechanic for the 5/2 Air Defense Artillery Battalion. They had 64 Dusters in the III Corps that were used for convoy and fire support base protection. They usually traveled in a team of two and would need repair in the field. 
Topics: Varcho, James, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Antiaircraft guns, Artillery (Weaponry), 1961-1975,...
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A scrapbook of Princeton history that includes information on businesses such as Boll's General Merchandise, which later became Boll's Community Center, Bridges Restaurant, Kernan's Riverview Restaurant, and the Great River Bank and Trust. It includes information about the 2001 flood, the Princeton Wildlife Management Area, the 150th Anniversaries of Princeton Presbyterian Church and Zion Lutheran Church, and remodeling the old bank building to become the new Princeton branch of the Scott...
Topics: Restaurants, Banks, Churches, Libraries, General stores, Community centers, Floods, Wildlife...
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A class picture of students attending Criswell School in 1954. The school was located at 220th Ave. and Territorial Road in Scott County. Students in front row from left to right: Carol Paustian, Sherry Rindler, Keith Krambeck. Middle row:  [first boy ?], Chuck Krambeck, Dennis Krambeck, Donna Robertson. Back row:  Don Krambeck, Richard Lively, [?] Spear.  Teacher:  Mrs. Robertsen
Topics: North Scott Community School District, Schools, One-room schools, Rural schools, Teachers,...
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A scrapbook of Princeton history that includes information on businesses such as Al's Garage, the telephone company, Great River Bank and Trust, and the P.H. McGinnis Mortuary. It includes cards of political candidates running for offices in the 1950s, and the history of organizations in Princeton such as the World War II Mothers, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Echo Rebekah Lodge No. 104, the fire department, Virgil Grissom school, and Trees Forever.  There is information about several...
Topics: Automobile service stations, Telephone companies, Fire stations, Schools, Banks, Rebekahs,...
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The plant described in this brochure had updates completed in December of 1981. The brochure explains the complete process the Davenport Cement Company in Buffalo, IA uses to make cement, including photos and diagrams. At the end of the brochure it explains that the Davenport Cement Company is part of the Cementia Group which has other plants in the United States and other parts of the world. The original cement plant was the Dewey-Portland Cement Plant and was built along Highway 22 near...
Topic: Cement industry
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Norbert Shannon poses by a vehicle in WWII. Shannon enlisted in the army in September 1942 and trained at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He also received automotive maintenance training in Nahsville, Indiana, Jackson Mississippi, and Atlanta, Georgia. At one time, he was posted at Texarkana, Texas. In 1946, he married Phyllis Sothmann and he farmed north of Long Grove, Iowa until his death in 1974. His brother, Virgil Shannon enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and served in the South Pacific.
Topics: World War, 1949-1945, Shannon, Norbert, Soldiers
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by Meier, Bernice
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The 2002-03 yearbook documents the activities of the Walnut Grove Questers, Chapter 1251. It includes information about the organization, its officers and committee members. It describes the program for each monthly meeting and trips taken during the year.  According to the Questers International website, the organization's purpose is "to educate by research and the study of antiques to:  1) preserve the past for the future, 2) Promote education in the fields of historical preservation...
Topics: Organizations, Antiques, Brus, Sandy, Green, Phyllis, Hansen, Vera, Harvey, Fae, Hill, Susan, Lage,...
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by Meyer, Bernice
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This scrapbook documents the activities of the Walnut Grove Questers, Chapter 1251 from 1994 to 1997. It includes photos and information about their local monthly meetings, along with any regional and state meetings members attended. Each year the Walnut Grove Questers cleaned the Shaff cabin which is part of Pioneer Village at Scott County Park. They also decorated it for Christmas. Other special activities in this scrapbook include a visit to Des Moines for the Christmas Terrace Hill Quester...
Topics: Organizations, Antiques, Brus, Sandy, Green, Phyllis, Hansen, Vera, Harvey, Fae, Hill, Susan, Lage,...
The Eldridge Centennial celebration took place on July 3-5, 1971. The centennial chairmen, Robert and Ruth Blanche, and Dennis and Alberta Fahrenkrog, along with many committee members, organized the event.  It included lots of activities including a parade, pageant, games, threshing demonstration, food, dancing, and various contests. These photographs show the view of the parade from the 100th block of 5th Street, taken from the east side and looking toward a home located next to Faith...
Topics: Centennial celebrations, Parades & processions, Blanche, Robert, Blanche, Ruth, Fahrenkrog,...
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Elmer "Joe" Porter married Lois Edna Oetzmann on June 7, 1932 at the residence located at 215 East LeClaire Road (now West).  They are pictured on the front porch with two members of the wedding party.  
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The Eldridge Centennial celebration took place on July 3-5, 1971. The centennial chairmen, Robert and Ruth Blanche, and Dennis and Alberta Fahrenkrog, along with many committee members, organized the event.  It included lots of activities including a parade, pageant, games, threshing demonstration, food, dancing, and various contests. These photographs show the contestants of the Women's Costume contest on a stage in front of the former  Eldridge School, located on the corner of Donahue and...
Topics: Centennial celebrations, Contests, Costumes, Blanche, Robert, Blanche, Ruth, Fahrenkrog, Dennis,...
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by Miller, Duane
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A full transcript of the oral history can be downloaded as a PDF, found on the right hand side of this page. Glen Keppy was born and raised on a farm between Davenport and Eldridge. His parents believed that there was more to farming than just farming, it was also important to educate other people about farming. That is why, as a boy, he remembers his dad leading tours of school children and other groups, including dignitaries like Vice President Bush, so they could see what life on the farm...
Topics: Keppy, Glen, Agriculture, Swine, Football
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Photograph of 1914 graduating class of Blue Grass School. Their teacher was Marie Claypool. The student's names are written on the back, along with who they later married or how they died. One died of influenza and another in a car accident.
Topics: Schools, Graduation ceremonies, Claypool, Marie, Irwin, Clara, Kruse, Maynard, Barnes, Wilma,...
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Davenport High School's senior prom momento booklet. It was held at the Coliseum with music by Hal Wiese and his Orchestra. It lists the Prom Committee members.
Topics: Baustian, Shirley, Baustian, Don, Graduation ceremonies
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The September 1949 edition of the Buffalo school's newspaper, called "The Piper". It was written by the students with Mrs. N. D. Armentrout as the sponsor. It includes news from each grade level, town news, list of teachers for the new school year, jokes, advertising for local businesses.  NOTE: The physical item can be found at the Buffalo Historical Museum at 409 3rd St. in Buffalo, IA.
Topics: Armentrout, N.D., Newspapers, Schools
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A scrapbook that includes photos taken in Buffalo during the Mississippi River flood in April of 1965, and during the ice jam of February 1966.  The photos show sandbag walls, flooded streets, homes, and businesses. In the book Buffalo Then and Now, it states "the flood waters reached as high as the alley between 2nd & 3rd on Washington. Approximately 20 families had to leave their homes." According to newspaper articles of that time, the ice jam received national and...
Topics: Clearman, Harold D., Floods, Ice
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There were several button factories located in Buffalo throughout its history. The women in this picture are sorting the buttons, probably according to quality, color and luster. After this step, some buttons were sewn on cards and others put in boxes for shipping. According to the Iowa PBS website, https://www.iowapbs.org/iowapathways/mypath/pearl-button-story,   John Boepple came from Germany with the idea to make buttons from freshwater mussels found in the Mississippi River and opened a...
Topics: Buttons (Fasteners), Factories, Shells (Anatomy)
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by Saur, Carrie; Truby, Karen; Truby, Karla
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The 4-H scrapbook for the Buffalo Busy Bees for 1967-69. According to the Iowa State Extension website, it is the responsibility of the club's historian to maintain the scrapbook each year. It includes the club's membership, officers, newspaper clippings, programs from special events/meetings such as Rally Day and the Mother-Daughter Banquet, photos, story of years activities, ribbons, and correspondence. Also included are the Secretary and Treasurer's Record Book for the each year. There is...
Topics: 4-H clubs, Scrapbooks, Home economics
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A season's greetings card from the United Cement, Lime and Gypsum Workers International Union and the Dewey-Portland Cement Plant. The front of the card includes a calendar, address of the union office, and the union officers. The back advertises agricultural limestone and cement products for sale. The Dewey-Portland Cement Plant was built along Highway 22 near Buffalo, IA and opened in 1927. According to the book Buffalo, Then and Now, it brought the modern age to Buffalo in the form of mass...
Topics: Labor unions, Cement industry, Limestone quarrying
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Photographs of various homes located in Buffalo, IA in the early 1900's. Also included is a picture of the fire station, bank and the KP Hall. NOTE: The physical item can be found at the Buffalo Historical Museum at 409 3rd St. in Buffalo, IA.
Topics: Houses, Fire stations, Banks
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Bottles from the Motolax Company in Buffalo, IA. Motolax Oil Tonic was used  to prevent wear on a motor and give it greater efficiency.  NOTE: The physical item can be found at the Buffalo Historical Museum at 409 3rd St. in Buffalo, IA.
Topics: Bottling industry, Bottles
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The Donahue Centennial celebration took place on September 5-6, 1971. Officers elected to organize the event were Harland Rohlk, chairman, Mary Louise Cronkleton, Vice Chairman, Helen Keppy secetary, and Jane Farber Treasurer. Activities included a parade, tractor pull, steam engine and threshing show, beard and dress contests, along with food, music and dancing. These photographs show preparations for the parade and views of the Donahue Sportsman's Park during the celebration. Visit the link...
Topics: Centennial celebrations, Parades & processions, Rohlk, Harland, Cronkleton, Mary Louise, Keppy,...
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by Youngbauer, Nancy
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Penne Miller was born in Burlington, Iowa on February 1, 1950. Her family later moved to Avon, IL, then to Pleasant Valley, IA. Around the time she was in 4th grade she decided that she wanted to collect stamps, 1st Edition books, and turtles. She also decided that she would read a book a day. Since that time, she has become an artist, bookkeeper, teacher, community volunteer/activist, librarian, book editor, and town historian, and after keeping her “one book a day'' habit for many years,...
Topics: Miller, Penne, Librarians, Libraries, Historians, Artists, Centennial celebrations, Parks
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by Suiter, Glen H.
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The steamboat Ellen at the dedication of the Mark Twain Bridge in Hannibal, MO. Ellen was built in LaCrosse, WI in 1907 and owned by Sawyer Austin Lumber Co. of LaCrosse. W. W. Cargill, of this company, used her part time as a rafter and for pleasure.  Ellen was bought by USE, Rock Island, IL and during the 1930s, Captain John F. Suiter was her master. He raised his family in a home on River Drive in Princeton, IA. He was the grandson of Phil Suiter who came to LeClaire in 1835. Phil learned...
Topics: Boats, Steamboats, Stern wheelers, Log rafts, Rivers, Suiter, John F., Suiter, Phil, Cargill, W....
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A class picture of Kindergarten students from the Princeton area. They would have been attending one of the local one room school houses because Virgil Grissom Elementary was not completed until 1967. Their teacher's name was Mrs. Christensen. Charlotte Tague Hayes is the girl in the front row, third from the left.
Topics: Hayes, Charlotte Tague, Schools: Education
Financial statements for First Trust and Savings Bank of Davenport that show the amount of money it had in resources and liabilities as of March 7, 1938, June 30, 1938, September 30, 1938 and December 31, 1938.
Topic: Banks
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The Lone Star in winter quarters, Davenport harbor near Credit Island. According to the website of the Buffalo Bill Museum, LeClaire, IA, the Lone Star was built in 1869 at Lyons, IA. It has been used to push logs down the river, as a towboat, and as a sand dredging boat. It was used as a working boat for 99 years. It has been dry docked in LeClaire since 1968. Now it is on display at the Buffalo Bill Museum and is the nation's single remaining wood hulled steamboat in the traditional...
Topics: Boats, Steamboats, Stern wheelers, Tugboats, Log rafts, Cody, Buffalo Bill
A scrapbook that includes original, unpublished stories about Princeton, and original letters to Penne Miller from Paul B. Dennis, between the years 1983-1985. Paul Dennis' father, Job Dodge Dennis, built the store and house that Penne Miller owns. Paul Dennis is also the author of the book From Out of the Past that documents memories and stories from early Princeton. It was first published in 1976, then published again in 1983 with an Addendum. Penne was Paul's agent for the 1983 book. She and...
Topics: Correspondence, Telephone companies, 4-H clubs, Scott County Farmers Institute, Parades &...
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Diplomas that belong to H.W. (Heinie) Boll who attended Brown's Business College in Davenport, IA. Heinie took courses in bookkeeping, shorthand and typing. According to the December 2, 1976 edition of the North Scott Press ,  Heinie was just 14 when he started working at the grocery store in Plain View, IA.  As a teenager, he took the courses at the college. In 1922 he rented the building in Princeton, IA that was his first store. In 1928 he moved to the present location of what is now...
Topics: Diplomas, Business education, Universities & colleges, Typewriting, Shorthand, Boll, Henry W....
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Two paintings of steamwheelers on a river painted on the wooden bottom of drawers. The first painting includes two steamwheelers and the second painting includes a barge being pushed by a steamwheeler, and a train on railroad tracks along shore. Penne Miller purchased these paintings at Violet Suiter's sale more than 25 years ago, (1990s). They are painted on wood from the bottom of drawers, possibly dresser drawers. The artist is unknown, but at the same sale, she purchased art supplies...
Topics: Boats, Barges, Tugboats, Railroads, Railroad trains, Rivers, Paintings
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Members of the cast of the Farmers Institute plays in the 1920s.  Bessie Sierk wrote of her memories of the Farmers Institute plays in Penne Miller's "Princeton History Scrapbook- Paul Dennis Original Stories and Letters" which can be found at:                                                                    https://archive.org/details/pri_19XX_020/page/n45/mode/2up                          They started in 1907 and continued through...
Topics: Theatrical productions, Scott County Farmers Institute, Stewart, Tib Peitscher Elliott,...
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A plaque with the names of people from Princeton who have served in the military. It includes names of people from the Spanish American War, World War I, and World War II. The plaque is mounted on the wall of the Boll's Princeton Community Center.
Topics: Veterans, Monuments & memorials, Plaques
The Davenport Chamber of Commerce sent invites for a recognition dinner for Roy Keppy in December of 1965 after he was named truck load and individual grand champion in both the National Barrow Show and the International Livestock Exhibition. He was the first person in history to win both events.
Topics: Keppy, Roy, Blackhawk Hotel, Swine, Agriculture
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Two sales receipts for Roy Keppy from "Scott County Community Sale". The receipts show the number of hogs, their total weight, the price per pound, and total amount, along with freight, commission and inspection costs. There is a phone number listed for "Scott County Community Sale" for both Walcott and Eldridge.
Topics: Keppy, Roy, Swine, Agriculture
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A portrait of Pauline Mifsud Westerhof when she was a young woman living in Malta, Europe. She came to live in rural Scott County, Iowa after marrying Bob Westerhof, whose family lived on a farm north of Donahue.  She met him while she was in college in Malta, and he was stationed in the Mediterranean while serving in the Navy.  After several years of writing letters and visiting each other, they got married on December 23, 1971.   
Topics: Portrait photographs, Westerhof, Pauline Josephine Mifsud, Westerhof, Robert Lee
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The entries and judging results for the Mississippi Valley Fair Swine Show in 1964. Roy Keppy won Grand Champion and Ray Keppy won Reserve Champion in the carcass division.
Topics: Keppy, Roy, Keppy, Ray, Fairs, Swine, Agriculture
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A 15 page, handwritten description written by Myrtle Keppy, that tells about a trip to Washington D. C. that she took with her husband Roy. The purpose of the trip appears to be supporting legislation that was being discussed to promote meat. Mrs. Keppy describes her and Roy's attendance at a congressional hearing where 90 men testified, and only five of them were against the legislation. Later the Keppy's met Rep. Gross from Des Moines who gave them a tour of the Capitol. The next day they...
Topics: Keppy, Roy, Keppy, Myrtle, Washington D.C., Politics & government, Monuments & memorials,...
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Photo of Roy Keppy  next to his Reserve Champion Barrow. 
Topics: Keppy, Roy, Swine, Agriculture
A packet of activities compiled by the Scott County Farm Bureau Women. It includes prayers, quotes, songs and group activities to be used with children.  Myrtle Keppy was involved in the Scott County Farm Bureau for Women organizaton. 
Topics: Keppy, Myrtle, Activities, Music, Songs, Prayer, Myrtle, Activities, Music, Songs, Prayer
A letter from Donald Eckerman of Waterloo, Iowa, to Mildred Eckermann, the mother of Myrtle (Eckermann) Keppy, asking for information about the Eckermann family. Included with the letter was a family tree Donald asked Mildred to complete as best she could.
Topics: Eckerman, Donald, Eckermann, Valentine Alfred, Eckermann, Mildred Elizabeth Wiese, Keppy, Myrtle...
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This is a slide show presentation given by Glen Keppy at the Japan Pork Expo. A full transcript of the presentation can be downloaded as a PDF, found on the right hand side of this page.Topics he discussed included information about his family and farm operations, pork check-off program, National Pork Producers Association, "The Other White Meat" marketing campaign and U.S. pork exports. 
Topics: Keppy, Glen, Pork, Japan
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Portrait of Mary House Stark, the cousin of Myrtle Eckermann Keppy. Portrait was taken by the Free Studio in Davenport, Iowa.
Topics: Stark, Mary House, Keppy, Myrtle Eckermann, Portrait photographs
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The 1999-2000 yearbook documents the activities of the Walnut Grove Questers, Chapter 1251. It includes information about the organization, its officers and committee members. It describes the program for each monthly meeting and trips taken during the year.  According to the Questers International website, the organization's purpose is "to educate by research and the study of antiques to:  1) preserve the past for the future, 2) Promote education in the fields of historical preservation...
Topics: Organizations, Antiques, Brus, Sandy, Green, Phyllis, Hansen, Vera, Harvey, Fae, Hill, Susan, Lage,...
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Plat map of the town of Long Grove and surrounding area. It shows the Dora Lage farm where Alexnder Brownlie built a house, using blocks of mud mixed with prairie grass, that is still standing today. It also shows the Laglin addition that John Carlin and Dr. Lagoni started developing in the mid 1960s.
Topics: Plats, Maps, Lage, Dora, Brownlie, Alexander, Carlin, John
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by Youngbauer, Nancy
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Pat DeLuca was hired as the fifth Superintendent of North Scott Community School District on June 24, 1987. He and his wife, Mary Ann, and their four children, Stacia, Sara, Rachel and Joseph, came to Eldridge from the School District of Waukesha, in Waukesha, WI where he held the position of Assistant Superintendent.  Pat was born in Chicago, IL and was inspired to become a teacher by several outstanding teachers that he had as a student. He earned a BS degree in Education and worked as a...
Topics: North Scott Community School District, School superintendents, Education, Schools, DeLuca, Pat,...
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Allen Schneckloth was a member of this softball team.
Topics: Softball, Softball players, Schneckloth, Allen
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A photographic postcard showing the Buffalo Post Office with five people standing in front and a bicycle leaning against the lamp post.  NOTE: The physical item can be found at the Buffalo Historical Museum at 409 3rd St. in Buffalo, IA.
Topics: Post offices, Photographic postcards
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by Farley, Kris; Ewoldt, Ann; Orman, Kathleen
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The 4-H scrapbook for the Buffalo Busy Bees for 1979-82. According to the Iowa State Extension website, it is the responsibility of the club's historian to maintain the scrapbook each year. It includes the club's membership, officers, newspaper clippings, programs from special events/meetings such as Rally Day and the Mother-Daughter Banquet, photos, story of years activities, ribbons, and correspondence. Also included are the Secretary and Treasurer's Record Book for the each year. 
Topics: 4-H clubs, Scrapbooks, Home economics
This is an excerpt from the book entitled The Germans of Iowa.It was published in German in 1900, and in 1983, it was translated by Dr. R. Erickson. Each of the four biographies start with where and when each man was born,  then the timeline of the rest of their lives, especially their time living in Buffalo.  The men include Friedrich and Hugo Hoffbauer, Franz Joseph Frank, and John Murer. Three of them were said to be school directors for many years while living in Buffalo. John Murer also...
Topics: Hoffbauer Friedrich, Hoffbauer Hugo, Frank Franz Joseph, Murer John, School boards, Turner Hall